FAQs for Research

Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health recently issued a “Stay at Home Order” in response to COVID-19.  How does that affect BGSU’s research activities?

In response to the governor’s order, Provost Whitehead issued a communication on March 23, 2020 clarifying that faculty may continue to engage in “critical research activities” on campus upon approval of their Dean and the Vice President of Research and Economic Engagement (VPREE).

Critical research activities are those activities that are critical to the viability of a particular project which, if discontinued, would cause significant harm to the project including its premature termination. Examples of critical research activities include:

  • Activities that if discontinued would generate significant data and sample loss;
  • Activities that if discontinued would pose a safety hazard;
  • Activities that maintain critical equipment in facilities and laboratories;
  • Activities that maintain critical samples, reagents, and materials;
  • Activities that maintain animal populations;
  • Activities that maintain critically needed plant populations, tissue cultures, bacteria, archaea, and other living organisms;
  • COVID-19 related activities that have a timeline for deployment that could address the crisis;
  • Activities in support of essential human subject research and are essential to their well being.

No.  Undergraduates are not permitted to engage in any research on campus at this time.

A.  Yes, this type of non-laboratory research can be conducted if done so remotely. Note the University Libraries will be closed to in-person traffic, however electronic resources are available. For additional information, please see the library’s Remote Learning Support website.

Any research involving direct contact with human subjects must pause during this order.  Procedures such as telephone contact or remote data monitoring/collection may continue if already approved. If such remote procedures are not approved, please contact the Office of Research Compliance at orc@bgsu.edu to determine if Institutional Review Board (IRB) amended protocol is required.

Yes, the University Animal Facilities will remain open.  For further information, contact Jenifer Baranski at jbarans@bgsu.edu.

OSPR remains fully operational as the OSPR staff are working remotely.  For further information, contact the office at OSPR@bgsu.edu.

Yes, the office and IRB remain fully operational as the staff and board members work remotely.  For further information, contact the office at orc@bgsu.edu.